As NBA teams start to arrive in Orlando for the NBA bubble, One team made that arrival in style. The defending NBA Champions, Toronto Raptors arrived at their hotel on their team bus that had “Black Lives Matter” printed in big lettering on the side.
The Raptors didn’t want to wait until the team takes the floors to remind everyone that Black Lives Matter.
The league has several plans in place to help players speak out about social issues during play in the bubble. They are going to paint “Black Lives Matter” on the sidelines of all three courts that will be used, and players are allowed to change their last name on their jerseys to a pre-approved social justice message by the league.
Full-scale practices inside the NBA bubble at the Disney complex started Thursday, with the OrlandoMagic — the first team to get into the campus earlier this week — becoming the first team formally back on the floor. By the close of business Thursday, all 22 teams participating in the restart were to be checked into their hotel and beginning their isolation from the rest of the world for what will be several weeks at least. And by Saturday, all teams should have practiced at least once.
The Raptors are a long shot to repeat as NBA champions. At the very least, their actions here show why they’re a championship organization.